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May 15. Vol. 632, p. 86.

(6.) My course has been too violent in her service for me to thrive. (7.) Whoever serves her only will make many enemies. (8.) I am ready to justify whatever, I have done. (9) I have spent more in her service in Ireland than the Queen has done “since my last coming extraordinarily :" and no one can truly inform her of the charges, as the accounts are not made out. (10.) Though I am her Deputy, I am brought into greater contempt than Sir John Perrot ever was.

(1i) I have never exceeded my predecessors in my diet, housekeeping, &c. (12.) I fear she uses some that would not have her so well served as I would ; and hard speeches are made against me. (13.) I suffer from weakness in the stomach, from the stone, and from the swelling of my legs.

(14.) I have much to tell her that cannot be delivered but by

word of mouth. (15.) If I cannot disprove the malicious fables circulated against me, I will be content to lose the Queen's favour.

Pp. 2. Headed by Carew: ; 27 April 1586.

609. The COMPOSITION for the CESSE.

Whereas the Queen, to ease the burden of cesse, has entered into consideration of the composition of 2,100l. ster. heretofore assented to, and has signified her pleasure by the following special instruction, dated at Greenwich 26 February 1585, to be imparted by Jeffrey Fenton, Secretary in Ireland, to the Lord Deputy and Council there:— Whereas the composition of 2,100l. has not been levied for divers years,” we, understanding by letters from some of the lords of the Pale that it is agreeable to the country, have thought meet it should be continued and revived until we shall give direction to the contrary. Therefore the Lord Deputy shall cause to be assembled the nobility and Grand Council, and move them to renew and accept the said composition, in lieu of cesse for the army and the Deputy's house in such countries as shall stand and yield to that contribution. Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford, Carlaghe, Leiex, and Offallie to be contributories. Waste and impoverished countries to be favoured. Upon this instruction the nobility and Grand Council were assembled. They freely assented to the composition with one VOlce. And further, whereas the Lord Deputy has signified to us, the nobility and Council, that her Highness's pleasure was that we of the Pale and others should make payment of that which has not been levied since the soldiers have not been cessed upon the country (i.e., for three years); and did show

* “Well near the space of seven years,” in another passage.

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us a part of a letter to his Lordship from her Majesty (which
is quoted), dated 26 February 1585, 28 Eliz. ; we are well
contented that the said composition of 2,100l. shall be taken
as well for the time past as for the time to come.
“And it is further agreed that the two former articles of
Grand Council entered in this book," folio 288 and folio 290,
the one bearing date the 29th of June 1585, the other the 24th
of September 1585, provided by the Lord Deputy and Grand
Council for a composition in lieu and satisfaction of the cesse
and victualling of the garrison from Michaelmas 1584 hitherto,
shall be utterly void.”
Given at the Castle of Dublin., 15th May 1586.
Sigmed : John Perrott, Adam Dublin., canc., John Arma-
chan., Thomas Midensis, [C] Gormanston, Thomas Slane,
Jo. Kilmorensis, Ch. Delvin, Henry Walloppe.

Copy. Pp. 4}.
2. Another copy.


“A Note of the Acts handled in the last Session of Parliament, 1586.”

(1.) The Acts that passed.—Attainder of the late Earl of Desmond and others. Attainder of John Browne of Knock

meuhy and others. Concerning the fraudulent conveyances

made by the late rebelss]. For imposts and customs of wines. Against forging of evidences. Concerning wilful perjury. Against counterfeiting foreign coin. Against witchcraft and sorcery. For the restitution of blood of Taffe's wife.

(2) The Ac's dashed in the said session.—To provide that the lands of persons attainted of treason may be in her Majesty without office. Subsidy of 13s. 4d. upon a ploughland. To punish all such as shall rebelliously take or detain from the Queen any of her castles. (The preceding were dashed in the Nether House ; the two following in the Upper House.) Against fraudulent feoffments. Against impleading and jeofailes. “An Act concerning leases to be good for 21 years against the issue of tenants in tail” was “stayed at the royal assent.”

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“A letter from her Majesty to the Lord Deputy, to grant letters patents of the Glynnes in Ulster unto Agnus McDonnell, according to such conditions as are entered into the Council Book, dated the 16th of May 1586.” The letter is not copied.

* The Council Book, apparently, whence this copy was derived.


May 27. Vol. 632, p. 92.

II. Indenture made between the Lord Deputy and Council and Agnus McDonnell, of Downivage. In respect of the suit made to the Queen by the Lady Agnus (sic) Cambell, wife to T[urlough] O'Neale, and of the submission made by the said Agnus, the Lord Deputy and Council grant that the said Agnus shall have to him and his heirs males of his body, by letters patents, all the castles, lands, &c. called Missett alias Bisset lands within the Glinnes. If it be found that the castle of Olderfleete is parcel of the premises, then the Queen shall have the same. He is to hold of her Majesty by the services of homage, fealty, and two knights’ fees; and on condition of performing the articles following:— (1.) Neither he nor his followers to serve any foreign prince or any other person within Ireland against her Majesty. (2) No Scots under him, whom he may command, to disquiet the peace of this realm, or serve against her Majesty in this realm, except when there is war between England and Scotland. (3) Not to retain any Scots above 30 other than be natives of Ireland, and to deliver a book of their names to the Marshal of the Queen's garrisons in Ireland. (4) To serve her Majesty with a rising-out of 80 footmen in Ulster, at his and their own charges. (5.) He and his tenants are not to intermeddle with their borderers in Ulster. (6.) To pay a yearly rent of 60 good and fat beeves at Carrigfergus, between Lammas and Hallowtide. (7.) To serve [against all] that shall invade this realm, except against the Scots when war is proclaimed between England and Scotland. (8.) Not to alien or convey away his lands. (9) To yearly preserve and give to her Majesty one eyrie of the best hawks, either goshawks or falcons. (10) He shall behave dutifully to her Majesty for the said lands, except in time of war between England and Scotland. To this one part of this indenture remaining with the said Agnus the Lord Deputy and Council have put their hands and seals, this 16 May 1586, 28 Eliz. Signed : Ad. Dublin., Tho. Midensis, Jo. Kilmoren., Hen. Wallopp, Ro. Dillon, Lu. Dillon, Ro. Gardner, R. Bingham, N. White, Tho. Le Strange, E. Waterhouse, Geff. Fenton.

Copy. Pp. 6.


Thanks for the great goodness that you have done me at my last being with you. On Thursday last I chanced upon a company of Walter Reaghe's men and of Brian McCahier's sons. I killed six of them, and hurt as many more. (Their names are given.) I beseech you “to send commissioners to


May 28. Vol. 605, p. 78.

Vol. 618, p. 5.

June 18. Vol. 632, p. 92a.

Newcastle to have my pardon pleaded, for in truth my

country is not able to bear out my charges to go to Dublin.”
Ballenecor, 27 May 1586. Signed. (With a P.S.)
Copy. P. J.


You have had time enough to deliver the true report to the Queen of the state of things in Ireland, and to let me know “how things do or are like to frame with me there.” I have received a letter from her Majesty sharply reprehending me for my last journey. You can tell her how necessary it was. “O’Neill came unto me upon the first sending, and impleaded the Earl of Tyrone.” He has returned thoroughly satisfied. The Lady Campbell, his wife, is fully contented. Sorley Boy [McDonnell], glad to be admitted to any condition, will be here in two days. Sir Owen O’Toile [O'Gallogher] has been with me to allow O’Donnell access. O'Rourke and others have been and are still with me. Feagh McHue [O'Birne] came in English apparel, and has sent in this morning six notorious knaves, companions of Water Reagh. Teag ne Brossenids' and others’ heads have been sent lately. Had I been countenanced, I do not doubt but I should have obtained greater honour and done more. Let me hear from you. I will not leave your friendship unrequited. There is no greater pleasure in the world I desire.

Dublin, 28 May 1586. Signed.

P.S., in Perrot's hand—Salute the ladies on my behalf. Tell the Baron De le Fagge that I have Captain Marres forthcoming. If he has any stones fit to break the stone, let him send me one.”

Pp. 2. Addressed. Endorsed.
Copy of the preceding.


Indenture between Sir John Perrott, Lord General of Ireland, and the Council there, and Sorley McDonnell.

The latter acknowledges his bearing of arms and stirring of rebellion against the Queen, and his forcible and wrongful possession of her castles and territories in the Rowte. Prostrate at the feet of the Lord Deputy, he renounces all his pretended rights to the castle of Dunluce and all other the said castles and territories, and prays for pardon, and to be made a free denizen, as also for some portion of the Rowte.

The Lord Deputy and Council grant him free pardon and protection, and letters patents of denization. He shall have by letters patent, in tail male, the toughe or territory extending from the Boyes to the Bande, and the three toughes of Donseverige, Loghgill, and Toghe Ballamonyn, with all the lands of McQuillies, and the constableship or key-keeping of the castle of Dunluce by the delivery of Mr. Stafford. To hold of the Queen by the services of homage, fealty, and two knights' fees, and on condition of keeping certain articles (similar to those in the indenture with Agnus McDonnell on 16 May 1586; but in these no clauses are included respecting war between England and Scotland).

* Perrot's writing is extremely difficult to read.

Dated 18 June, 28 Eliz.

Signed : John Perrot.

Copy. Pop. 64.

Vol. 611, p. 258. 2. Another copy.
Signed by the Lord Deputy and Council.

Vol. 613, p. 65. 3. Abstract of the same.

June 24. 615. MARGARET DOYNE.

Vol. 613, p. 70. A brief note, extracted out of the sentence of divorce

between Margaret Doyne and Tirloghe Ballagh O'Connor brought before Richard Doyne, vicar-general to Daniel Neylen, Bishop of Kildare. The marriage was declared void on the ground that the plaintiff had been forced into it against her will.

Dated at Philippo, 24 June 1586.

Witnesses: John Dyren, rector of Ballicombre, Constantine McEgan, curate of Greshill, and others, whose names are given.

Signed : Richard Doyne.

After this divorce the said Margaret was married to Molrony O'Carrell, and had a son John after his father's death, found by office to be his (sic) Majesty's ward, and since then a bastard.

Copy. P. 1. Headed by Carew.


Vol. 632, p. 92a. 1586, 26 June.—“A branch of a letter from the Lord
Deputy, &c. to the Lords of the Council in England,” signify-
ing that Sorleboye McDonnell, Shane McBrian O'Neale, and
Neale Oge O'Neale had made their submission.
Extract. P. #.


Vol. 600, p. 67. He regrets that he has not followed in the steps of his late father, and so he and his brother shown themselves worthy of the favour vouchsafed them at Clandhuboy. He now submits to her Majesty. Signed. Witnesses : Francis Stafford, William Warren. Copy. P. l. Endorsed by Carew : “1586, in June.”

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